Teaching Ethics And Values To Our Kids

I have a simple belief that is often communicated in my presentations and training exercises. Every major problem that is taking place on our planet can be directly or indirectly linked to the lack of personal ethics and values.

Think about it for a moment. It’s not hard to buy into the theory, is it?

The problem is that humans are not doing a very job of deploying ethics and values in our daily lives.

If my commentary has any credence to it, all we have to do is practice our own ethics and values every day in order to make our planet a better place for all. The problem is that humans are not doing a very job of deploying ethics and values in our daily lives. Nothing can be more disappointing than civil wars, senseless violence, massive discrimination, human trafficking, generational poverty, and a selfish approach to living that places “me” constantly ahead of “us.”

There is a bright side and it resides with our kids who in general are polite, respectful, wish to learn, accept discipline, and unconditionally love. In my part-time role as a school bus driver, I see this played out from kindergarten-high school kids. I have the opportunity to shape these kids and favorably impact their lives every day. It’s part of my calling and I seriously believe I can make a difference.

They’re on the road training consists of ethics and values. That bus microphone is a powerful tool. When we discuss both topics as adults should be doing, the awareness and learning that takes place is simply unreal. Our young sponges get it!!

What do I receive in return from kindergarten kids like Maddie, Louis, and Lauren? I see a friendly face each morning and afternoon. I receive a big smile with missing teeth backed up by “good morning Mark” or “have a nice evening.” Then, my meltdown starts. We should never underestimate our kids who can teach us so much. They deserve worthy role models and we cannot let them down.

Our time is now and we must act.

My friends, please remember this: respect, consideration, and courtesy matter a lot. Treat others fairly, decently, and equally.

Consult your moral compasses every chance you get and monitor your progress.

You know the battle cry: do your best each day. No one can ask more or less from any of us.

All the best/blessings, Mark


Mark Faris
Mark Faris
MARK was born in New York City and currently lives in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a B.A. in sociology and speech communications. His entire career spanning 36 years has been in executive sales, marketing, business development, and organizational strategy. He has started and owned three businesses, including a $23 million computer networking company, started up two new sales divisions for publicly telecommunication/data companies including Sprint/Nextel, and was a Board Member for a $225 million U.K. technology manufacturer and distributor. He currently is President of MPV Ethics, LLC., an ethics training and consulting company working with organizations to build better ethical cultures. Mark also has the unique distinction of being convicted for two felonies: mail/wire fraud and money laundering and spent eleven months in a federal prison and halfway house returning to his family in June 2010. He has given over 150 presentations to high school students, universities, B-schools, law schools, and professional audiences regarding the importance of personal and business ethics in our lives. At the core of his renewed philosophy is identification of purpose, building a strong moral compass that helps us effectively deal with dilemmas of all types and sizes. His passion to teach, enrich, and develop others be successful , accountable, and improving the lives of others.

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    • Lynn, thank you for your comment. Just having the self-awareness that the smallest gestures can mean the most is a good start. We can all build on this and contribute in ways we probably had not previously contemplated all that much. I am certain your faith will pave the way for you!!